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Jennifer Albanese

04/11/2014

Jen Albanese was the picture of health. 

She worked out daily, did aerobics, and loved skiing. So when a pulled muscle turned into intense physical pain, she knew there was “something terribly wrong.” After a myriad of tests, she was told the three words no one ever hopes to hear—“You have cancer.”

Jen and her husband, Chris, feared the worst.

But when Jen's care was transferred to Tufts Medical Center, doctors and her hematologist/oncologist Raymond Comenzo, MD, walked them through the options and made themselves readily available throughout her entire treatment. Jen was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that starts in the plasma cells of your bone marrow. Jen's treatment lasted more than two years and included a stem cell transplant.

Today Jen is in remission.

To honor the compassionate caregivers who saved her life, she hopes to participate in Cycle for Life on June 22, 2014.  

“I can’t say enough about the nurses,” she said with tears in her eyes. “Dr. Comenzo gave me his cell number and always went above and beyond. My mother was a nurse and had never heard of that. Having cancer is scary and someone giving you that kind of access is huge.” Chris added,

“There is so much good stuff embodied in people here.”

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Cycle for Life is an annual bike ride that raises money for Boston hospital Tufts Medical Center.

Join us for the 20th Annual Cycle for Life on Saturday, June 11! Cycle for Life is a 25, 50 or 80-mile bike ride or 5K Fun Run supporting the Tufts Cancer Center.

Register or donate to a team today